Undocumented Immigrants -- Let's Separate Fact From Fiction
No matter what term you use to describe the people who have immigrated to the United States other than through legitimate channels, this is an emotionally-charged topic for politicians and the general public alike.
This means a lot of people are talking about the pros and cons of such ideas as the type of amnesty President Obama proposed: "We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or [legal] residents. If you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation,” he said. “You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.”" ( WashingtonPost.com; Karen Tumulty, November 25, 2014 )
This plan has been put on hold by the judiciary system, but its ideas and proposals remain hot topics for all political parties, left and right wing.
I think it's important to talk about such issues, not to the point of argument, but with one side listening and working to understand the other side and vice versa. To be a valid discussion, both sides need to understand and represent the facts about which they speak, not the rhetoric of talking heads or representing misconceptions as fact.
Under the president's proposal, illegal immigrants to the U.S. who meet the criteria he as set forth would, indeed, be eligible to receive Social Security and Medicare -- BUT -- only if they've paid into the system just as any other worker would be. Any benefits from the two programs received in the future would be based on the same criteria that U.S. citizens must meet.
The proposal, should it be enacted as outlined by the president, would not give this same group of people access to other government programs, such as financial aid for school, food stamps or even the ability to buy health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Undoubtedly, this is a topic that will be discussed frequently; hopefully it will be discussed with the facts rather than the fiction.
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